The rich, succulent mangoes are rightly hailed as the King of the Fruits.
The densely packed nutrients including carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fibers do just good for your health, skin, and even hair. Along with being an innate anti-aging fruit, a mango is also known to possess anti-cancerous properties.
Let us take a look at some of the interesting properties of this fruit that makes it a compelling inclusion in your diet!
1. Natural anti-cancerous properties
Mangoes, the raw as well as the ripe ones, are naturally gifted with various antioxidant compounds such as quercetin, garlic acid, isoquercitrin, fisetin, and methyl gallate. These compounds combat the free radicals that if left untamed induce oxidative stress. The elimination of free radicals lowers the risk of a person developing various types of cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
2. Good for your heart
Mangoes are good sources of natural dietary fiber, pectin, as well as vitamin C. Both these nutrients work in a synchronized way thereby lowering the levels of serum cholesterol. Fresh mangoes are abundantly packed with potassium with a 100-gram fruit yielding about 56 mg. This mineral is essential for maintaining the levels of blood pressure. Potassium is also essential to keep the heart beating in the rhythmic way. In short, mangoes can keep your heart healthy.
3. For a radiant, younger looking skin
Mangoes are treasure troves of various minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and iron. They also contain various vitamins including A, B6, and vitamin C. All these nutrients help in improving the blood circulation and eliminating the free radicals, thus clearing the blemishes and scars. Thus, regular inclusion of mangoes in your diet could gift you with a clean and clear, younger looking skin.
4. Good for weight loss and diabetes
The dense presence of fibers in the mangoes keep you full for a longer period, thus averting the hungry pangs and overindulgence. The fibers also enhance the digestive fire and metabolism rate, thereby enabling better weight loss. Pectin, the natural fiber, also prevents the surge of glucose levels, thus making the fruit healthy for the diabetics also. However, exercise a little caution while munching on mangoes as they fall into the category of low glycemic index foods.
5. Good for your sex life
Give your sex life a boost by making use of the aphrodisiac properties of the mangoes. Various studies suggest that the vitamin E present in mangoes help in regulating the sex hormones and improving the sex drive in men.
6. Good for your eyes
One cup of mangoes gives you vitamin A enough to meet 25% of the recommended daily value. It also contains the flavonoid polyphenols such as beta-carotene that transforms into vitamin A when absorbed by the body. And, vitamin A is known to be essential for good vision. The presence of this antioxidant vitamin also helps in lowering the risk of dry eyes, night blindness, cataracts, as well as age-related macular degeneration.
7. Good for your tummy
Mangoes contain certain enzymes that act as catalysts for protein metabolism. The presence of fibers, vitamins, and minerals enable mangoes to help in better digestion and assimilation. The fibers also ensure help in easing constipation. Raw mango can be used effectively to soothe your tummy upsets induced by the scorching sun during the summer.
8. Good for your brain
The lethal blend of vitamin A, vitamin C, and other carotenoids in these fruits pep up your circulation levels, thus shielding your brain from oxidative damages. Mangoes also contain glutamine acid, the protein responsible for better memory power and concentration.
100 grams of mango yields only 60 calories with zero cholesterol and fats. While there are more than 1000 varieties of mangoes across the world, you will find the highest number of variants in India.
If you have not tried mangoes yet, then you are missing out something really good. So, try them right away!
By Nithya S.